We live in the neighbourhood and this place is really convenient. Decent food and good service. Here's my biggest complaint: the beer list stinks. Craft beers have become really popular throughout the US and New Zealand and most places have kept up with this. So when we go to a place like Verbena which is higher end than the other local spots, it would be nice to see some craft beers on the menu instead of tired old Steinlager and Stella. We've even mentioned this to owner, who gave us a disinterested shrug!
As a result, we drive PAST Verbena and go the extra 15 minutes to Stafford Road in Northcote Point which has kept up with the times and boasts a fabulous wine and beer list. Our friends who live 5 minutes from Verbena do the same!!
Verbena is missing out on a huge opportunity to bring in more local punters like us who enjoy a few beers on a Friday night after a long week. They've got nice food, nice wines... why not a few nice beers that help support local breweries like Epic and Galbraith's?
Let me put it this way: if they did this, we'd be in there every weekend! But they don't, so Jeremy at Stafford Road gets our money. It's a shame.
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